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Cafe Henkel – 100% gluten free Brunswick

100% GF cafe – gluten free Brunswick

Brunswick is an inner suburb of Melbourne, just 4km from the centre of Melbourne.   Here you will find 100% gluten free Cafe Henkel, a bit off the beaten track in a semi-industrial area.  It is a rather surprising area for a cafe, but for coeliacs, we don’t mind where the cafe is if we can get safe food!

Cafe Henkel has achieved Coeliac Australia accreditation and they make 95% of the food on site, carefully checking ingredients and not using products with ‘may contain statements’.  Cafe Henkel features in two other The Coeliac Plate posts (see links below) but this is a more comprehensive review.

With one of the owners and their children being gluten, dairy and soy intolerant, there is an understanding of dietary requirements and also that gluten free food doesn’t have to be boring or tasteless.  Also catering for vegan and low FODMAP requirements, everyone can find something enjoyable to eat.

When you enter, you see a fabulous array of sweet and savoury offerings in the glass cabinets.


I like to have a hot chocolate on a cool day and it comes complete with home made marshmallows.  You can also get lovely fresh juices, smoothies, dairy free milkshakes as well as a number of gluten free beer varieties.

gluten free hot chocolate Brunswick 

Open early until 3pm, you can stop by for all day breakfast, lunch or just coffee and cake.  You can see a sample menu online, and there are several extra options in the glass cabinet.   Breakfast includes a range of egg based choices, toast, muesli or a muffin.

You can start your meal with some bread on the side – what a treat for coeliac!

Lunch includes hot or cold meals such as focaccias, burgers, a pie, fritata or salad, with chips available.  The steak ciabatta was tasty and very filling. The pastry and fillings for the pies and sausage rolls were also great and there was an appetising choice of salads available.

gluten free sandwich Brunswick

gluten free pie Brunswick gluten free sausage roll Brunswick

They have a variety of gluten free beers available if you would like to wash down your meal with a burger.

There is a lovely selection of cakes.  Below is a gorgeous single profiterole and a GF, DF, SF flourless orange cake I took away to have at home. You can also have a slice of cheesecake or other cakes that are on display for that day.

 gluten free cake Brunswick

If you need a cake for a special occasion, they also do amazing celebration cakes to order.

Cafe Henkel is a fantastic option for coeliacs and others with food intolerances.  The cafe has expanded into next door so that has increased their capacity and ability to hold functions.  Look out for their events for Mother’s Day/Father’s Day as well as Coeliac Victoria community dinners.

It is around a 10 minute walk from Brunswick train station or the Sydney Road tram, so if you don’t have car, it is still easy to get to.  If you are local, you can also order a good selection of meals and cakes via UberEats.

102 Henkel Street, Brunswick, Melbourne VIC  3056   Tel: 03 9381 0099
Monday – Friday 7am – 3pm, Saturday- Sunday 8am- 3pm


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About the Author: Caroline was diagnosed with Coeliac disease in 2006 and likes to share her gluten free finds around the UK, Australia and the rest of the world! See more on her in the 'About' page. .


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  1. Lorraine Brown says:

    We live in Geelong & I am a Coeliac who has a terrible reaction to any gluten – usually happens with cross contamination. Hence, there is not a lot of choice here in Geelong where I can safely eat, so we are looking forward to visiting your Cafe in the near future. Is your cafe set up to eat in or is it take-away only?
    Lorraine Brown

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